September 2013 | A new school year begins at Berkshire

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 Fall Parents' Weekend is Oct. 11-12

Parents' Weekend kicks off Friday, Oct. 11 with a Student Art Exhibit in Berkshire's new Fine Arts Center. During the weekend, families will have a chance to meet with their childrens' advisors, visit classes, attend our performing arts concert and cheer on the Bears.

Click here to register online and to view a detailed schedule for the weekend. If you have any questions about Parents’ Weekend, please feel free to contact Meg MacClarence at 413-229-1282 or by email at mmacclarence@berkshireschool.org.

It will be a fun filled weekend and we can't wait to see you!

Pieter Mulder, Interim Head of School

Greetings from under the Mountain!  

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying a wonderful September wherever our newsletter finds you.  With a great opening to the school year behind us, Berkshire’s students and faculty have quickly found a welcome rhythm to the fall, balancing busy and productive days in the classrooms with crisp afternoons spent between our playing fields, stages, and trails.  Friendships between students have been forged and renewed, and there is a well-earned pride in the distinctive strength of our community this year.  Read more

Watch Pieter Mulder's opening school remarks.

Humanitarian Visits for All School Read

Deo Niyizonkiza addresses Berkshire students during his visit to the school on Sept. 20.
Deo Niyizonkiza, the subject of the New York Times Bestseller Strength In What Remains by Tracy Kidder, shared his heroic journey from refugee of the war-torn African country of Burundi to humanitarian during Berkshire's inaugural All School Read on Sept. 19-20.

Slideshow: New School Year Dawns    Students return to Berkshire for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

Students returned to Berkshire School earlier this month as rain gave way to brilliant sunshine and excitement and anticipation of a new school year spread on campus.

Alumnus of the Month: Javier Winnik '96 Javier Winnik '96 with Paul Banevicius.

Berkshire alumnus and illustrator Javier Winnik reflects on his time under the Mountain, his career and what's next.

"Life doesn’t end with high school, college, or whatever place you find yourself in." -JW

Chris Herren Shares Struggles With Students  Chris Herren

Former Celtics player, Chris Herren, spoke to Berkshire students during the All School Meeting on September 23. Herren shared the powerful story of his turbulent athletic career, his battle with addiction and his journey to sobriety. The talk was part of Berkshire's Health and Wellness program. Please feel free to contact Director of Counseling, Tess Hutchinson, with any questions about Chris Herren's visit or Berkshire's program: thutchinson@berkshireschool.org.

Learn more about Chris Herren's Project Purple

Sustainability: Water Bottle Wisdom

DID YOU KNOW? It takes three times the water to make the bottle as it does to fill it. source: waterproject.org

Recently at Berkshire, it has been a goal to cut down on the waste of plastic water bottles. When new students arrive at school, they receive a Berkshire reusable water bottle. Berkshire Bookstore stopped selling bottled water and put in water refilling stations. These stations allow people to easily reuse their Berkshire water bottles and reduce the waste of disposable ones. Berkshire’s sustainability class is eagerly looking to further educate their campus and continue to be recognized as one of the top sustainable private education schools in America.

- Hallie Mather '15 and James Donovan '15

Varsity Field Hockey

Fall Team Photos 

Risley Sports Photography was on campus this month to take our fall team photos. These pictures and additional game photos can be viewed and purchased online.

More News from Berkshire... 

Meet Berkshire's New Faculty

A Busy Weekend at Berkshire

Architects Present Gift to Berkshire

Video: All School President Sam Perkins Addresses Students

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Risley Sports Photography 

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Upcoming Events:

Boston Reception | Oct. 10

Fall Concert | Oct. 11

Parents' Weekend | Oct. 11-12

Alumni Homecoming & Volunteer Day | Oct. 12

Chicago Reception | Oct. 23

Fall Play | Oct. 31- Nov. 2


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